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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,    ETC.                237

It dwells rather too much upon lithology, which
is quite the fashion now, and very tiresome it is.
A man shall travel with you fifty miles, and all you
shall learn is, that for so many miles it is clay,
so many schist, so many granitoid; and then,
perhaps, he has been happy enough to see a
piece of a primitive rock or granite tumbled into
a valley. But the description of a country where
I have passed so many happy hours is, with all
its faults, extremely pleasing to me. I am glad
that other people have been struck with what
delighted me; and, though I laugh at their vanity
at having climbed up a rock or a mountain, I
read with satisfaction the panegyric of Campan
and Grippe.

I think one of our hobby-horses is not very
far from being saddled and bridled. I mean that
Greece seems likely soon to cast off the Ottoman
yoke, and resume something like liberty, I
thought once that the Empress of Russia would
deliver it; but I now believe its liberty will come
from France, a quarter from whence, Dieu sait, it
was little to be expected ten years ago*